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May 19, 2010

Beijing Olympics beat terror threats, unsafe sex: report

BEIJING (Reuters) – Thorough planning enabled Beijing Olympics organizers to stave off threats to the 2008 Games ranging from bioterrorism to unsafe sex, a joint Chinese-United Nations report said on Wednesday.

Security forces dealt with several potential biological, chemical and explosive attacks, including an incident in which packages containing white powder were sent to five unidentified embassies in Beijing, the report said.

May 18, 2010

China targets Tibet artists, intellectuals – report

BEIJING (Reuters) – China is cracking down on Tibetan intellectuals and artists who have sought to open up discussion of the future of their region after unrest that spread across the area in Spring 2008, an overseas activist group said on Tuesday.

More than 30 men and women, including writers, bloggers, singers and environmentalists, have been detained or are imprisoned, mostly after sharing views or information about conditions in ethnic Tibetan areas, the International Campaign for Tibet said in a new report.

May 14, 2010

China’s Wen says social tensions behind school killings

BEIJING (Reuters) – A spate of school killings in China has “deep-seated” roots in the country’s social tensions that need addressing, Premier Wen Jiabao said.

Wen made the comments to Hong Kong’s Phoenix television after a man in rural China on Wednesday hacked to death seven children and two adults after an argument over a kindergarten lease.

May 12, 2010

China quake rebuilding rush shows power and pitfalls

YINGXIU, China (Reuters) – Construction cranes, armies of workers and a forest of homes have replaced the corpses and shattered buildings that were all that remained of Yingxiu two years ago.

This small town in a steep valley was one of the worst-hit places in China’s devastating earthquake of May 12, 2008.

May 7, 2010

Uighur leader killed in Pakistan: Interior Minister

BEIJING (Reuters) – Pakistan and China have “broken the back” of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), which China accuses of orchestrating attacks in its restive Xinjiang region, Pakistan’s Interior Minister said in Beijing on Friday.

An alleged leader of the group, about which little is known, has been killed, Rehman Malik said at the end of a visit to discuss security cooperation between the two countries.

May 6, 2010

NY bomb suspect unlikely alone-Pakistan minister

BEIJING (Reuters) – Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik said Thursday he thought it unlikely that a Pakistani-American arrested over a failed plot to bomb New York’s Times Square had acted alone.

Faisal Shahzad, 30, was arrested Monday night after he was removed from an Emirates plane at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport that was about to depart for Dubai. He had been on his way back to Pakistan.

May 6, 2010

Pakistan says NY suspect probably didn’t act alone

KARACHI/BEIJING (Reuters) – Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Thursday he thought it unlikely that a Pakistani-American arrested over a failed plot to bomb New York’s Times Square had acted alone.

Investigations in Pakistan have uncovered possible links between Faisal Shahzad, 30, the Pakistani Taliban and a Kashmiri Islamist group, officials and news reports said.

May 6, 2010

North Korean leader Kim’s train leaves Beijing

BEIJING (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, on a secrecy-shrouded trip to China that has drawn criticism from South Korea, apparently left Beijing on Thursday by train after meeting Chinese leaders.

Reclusive Kim arrived in Beijing on Wednesday for talks expected to focus on propping up his country’s crumbling economy and a push from Beijing for Kim to return to nuclear disarmament talks that he abandoned last year.

May 6, 2010

North Korea’s Kim likely visiting Great Wall in China

BEIJING (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, on a secrecy-shrouded trip to China that has drawn criticism from South Korea and Chinese web users, apparently left his state guesthouse lodgings on Thursday to make a trip to the Great Wall.

Reclusive Kim arrived in Beijing on Wednesday, for talks with China’s leaders expected to focus on propping up his country’s crumbling economy and a push from Beijing for Kim to return to nuclear disarmament talks that he abandoned last year.

Apr 16, 2010

BRIC group urges swift reform of financial system

BRASILIA (Reuters) – The world’s leading emerging powers are expected on Thursday to urge swift reform of international financial institutions to give developing countries a greater voice, according to a draft of the communique from the so-called BRIC summit.

The leaders of Brazil, Russia, India and China will also reiterate their call for the G20 group of major advanced and emerging economies to play a central role in global decision-making and urge a broader discussion of international trade in local currencies, according to a Brazilian government official with access to the document.

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      "I moved to Afghanistan in late 2010 after nearly six years reporting from China, initially covering energy issues and more recently writing about political and general news. I have also worked in Spain and Britain."
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